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Low-cost Science Teaching Equipment

Report of a Commonwealth Regional Seminar/Workshop, Nassau, Bahamas, 16–26 November 1976

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Education materials developed during the past two decades have tended to stress student participation and learning by doing. Consequently they require an adequate supply of equipment for effective implementation. Yet, to date, very little progress seems to have been made in school science teaching. One of the major reasons is the non-availability, inadequacy or non-utilisation of equipment.



This is a report of a seminar – the first of a series of such meetings on the teaching of science – concerned with the means of making the knowledge of science available to as many school pupils as possible through the local production of science teaching equipment, keeping the cost as low as possible.

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Programme of Training and Supervision for the Efficient Use of Equipment; and the Dissemination of Information Relating to their Use

With the acknowledged new methodology and efforts in science teaching, the use of apparatus and materials for instruction assumes a very important role. However, in a non-technological developing country, manufactured school science equipment is hard to obtain. Imported materials are expensive; it takes a long time for them to arrive; and it is not unusual for those ordered from abroad to arrive so late that the topic has been taught without them or the teaher requiring them has left the school.

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